Aim: This is a drama that will help the young people understand the supervision story of Matthew the tax collector. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack CR-1
Either two members of staff read the script or have young people act this out
Reader: Matthew yawned, scratched his head and jumped right up in bed. Then he fell splat back into bed and pulled the blankets over his head.
Matthew: Urgh, how dare my servants go and follow Jesus.
Reader: Matthew worked down by the seashore. He bossed everyone about.
Matthew: I’m important, everyone pays when I say.
Reader: Everyone grumbled but no one dare argue with Matthew. Jesus walked along the beach to where Matthew was sitting.
Jesus: You come and follow me.
Reader: Matthew looked at Jesus and slowly go to his feet. He left the table piled high with money and followed Jesus. Matthew took Jesus home and made a great meal for him. All Matthew’s friends came to meet Jesus. They learned that Jesus wants everyone to follow him – it does not matter how bad they have been in the past.
Matthew’s Poem (Give each young person a separate line or separate paragraph)
Matthew he was a greedy man
He took money from everyone
Piled it high upon his desk
Didn’t care about the rest
Line up, line up he shouted
I haven’t got all day
Grumble, grumble went the people
Still they had to pay
Jesus walked along the line
Right to the front of the queue
No one said to him don’t push
Because they loved him too much
Jesus said to Matthew
Come and follow me
So Matthew left his money
And took Jesus home for tea
For full details see BB Juniors Pro Pact CR-1